Visit May Dispel Some Stereotypes
One wonders what good will come from inviting officials of the Council for American-Islamic Relations to visit the West Virginia Capitol. Still, the invitation has been extended and CAIR has accepted.
A few weeks ago, during the state Legislature’s regular annual session, West Virginia made national news because of a poster displayed in the Capitol. It was taken there by a woman with no connection to state government, nor to either the Republican or Democratic parties.
The poster created a substantial amount of outrage because it listed U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota, with Islamic terrorists who carried out the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on America. Omar, a Somali-American, is a Muslim.
State officials made their anger regarding the poster clear. Still, it was used by some to chalk up a black mark against West Virginians. Correcting that may have been the idea behind lawmakers inviting CAIR to visit.
CAIR itself has links to the terrorist group Hamas, and has a record of enmity toward Israel. So perhaps better representatives of U.S. Muslims could have been chosen. Still, CAIR officials apparently are coming to Charleston. Let us welcome them with open arms so they can go home to dispel some stereotypes about us.